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Baby Todd, you are one lucky boy!  You were born to a family of hikers, mountain bikers, skiers…mountain lovers!  Adventure awaits!  Naturally, your first trip to the mountains would come early

FIRST TRIP – 9/27/14
Artist Point & Bagley Lakes
Mt Baker, WA

On September 27th, when Todd was 5 weeks old, we felt ready to take on a long car trip.  We were itching to get out into the mountains, so we drove to the end of the Mt Baker Highway (SR 542), to Artist Point, elevation 5210 ft.

(By the way, this is where you access the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail.  Check out these spectacular pictures of Mt Baker and Mt Shukshan, from the route.)

Todd does great on car rides of any length.  He falls fast asleep!  I’m not positive, but I think this trip took about 2.5 hours each way.

Once we arrived at the popular destination, we pulled out some chairs and fed the boy.  Mt Shuksan was in the clouds.

Fueling up

Fueling up

Eric & Todd with Mt Shuksan in the clouds

Eric & Todd with Mt Shuksan in the clouds

Todd & Eric

Todd & Eric

We walked along the stroller-friendly nature path, to views of a partially clouded Mt Baker.  I don’t think Todd opened his eyes to look.

Elisa, Todd & Mt Baker

Elisa, Todd & Mt Baker

Some nice people offered to take our picture, with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background.  I’ve hiked that trail before, and we also once did a backcountry ski trip along that route.

Family pic with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background

Family pic with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background

Eric and Todd with Mt Baker in the background

Eric and Todd with Mt Baker in the background

We took our first family selfie.  No one smiled…

First family selfie

First family selfie

Mt Baker from Artist Point

Mt Baker from Artist Point

After we topped off Todd’s tank with some more food, we drove a short stretch down the road to the Bagley Lakes Trailhead.  Another stroller-friendly path greeted us.

The stroller-friendly Bagley Lakes trail

The stroller-friendly Bagley Lakes trail

We tried to show him the columnar basalt, but all he would do is sleep…

Columnar Basalt

Columnar Basalt

Sleepy Todd

Sleepy Todd

Pictures of Bagley Lakes…

One of the Bagley Lakes

One of the Bagley Lakes

Another of the Bagley Lakes

Another of the Bagley Lakes

Clearly, Todd’s first trip to the mountains was memorable for him!  He slept the whole way home, too.

Todd with Table Mountain in the background

Todd with Table Mountain in the background

By the time we left, the clouds over Mt Shuksan had lifted…

Mt Shuksan

Mt Shuksan

On April 11, 2012, I made my first blog post. I was inspired by words from a podcast.

Now, one year later, this blog continues to be an enjoyable endeavor.  I appreciate every blog follower and visitor.

In this anniversary post, I’m still inspired by podcasts.  What can I say…I listen to lots of them!

The following quote, from Vinnie Tortorich’s Angriest Trainer podcast, really sums up the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle.

“Put life into living, and do it with enthusiasm!”

FREE YOUR HEELS…

Elisa on Atomics

Elisa at Mission Ridge

Elisa at Long's Pass - May 2004

Elisa at Long’s Pass – May 2004

Can't tele?  Sucks to be you!

Can’t Telemark? Sucks to be you!

PLAY IN SNOW…

Eric at Mission Ridge - February 27, 2010

Eric at Mission Ridge – February 27, 2010

Mt Bachelor - December 26, 2009

Mt Bachelor – December 26, 2009

LIVE LIFE…

Eric's 1974 BMW - LIVE LIFE!

Eric’s 1974 BMW – LIVE LIFE!

Eric in Kauai - May 24, 2008

Eric in Kauai – May 24, 2008

Elisa at Lake Chelan Slidewaters - July 23, 2010

Elisa at Lake Chelan Slidewaters – July 23, 2010

Elisa at Galbraith - August 27, 2011

Elisa at Galbraith – August 27, 2011

BE SILLY & LAUGH…

Silly nephew - June 24, 2011

Silly nephew – June 24, 2011

Silly niece - December 24, 2012

Silly niece – December 24, 2012

APPRECIATE THE “LITTLE” THINGS…

Wenatchee, WA - July 29, 2011

Wenatchee, WA – July 29, 2011

Bend, OR - October 27, 2012

Bellatazza Coffee in Bend, OR – October 27, 2012

HANG OUT WITH A BUDDY…

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary - April 16, 2010

Goats at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary – April 16, 2010

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue - February 15, 2013

Roosters at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary – February 15, 2013

Kauai - May 8, 2011

Eric makes a chicken friend in Kauai – May 8, 2011

LEND A HELPING HAND…

Member of the NMF Manure Management Team since Fall of 2008!

Member of the NMF Manure Management Team since Fall of 2008!

Eric gets some love from Opie while scooping the poop - March 19, 2010

Eric gets some love from Opie while scooping the poop – March 19, 2010

LOVE SOMEONE…

Millie - December 5, 2011

Millie – December 5, 2011

Love them all.  Eat plants!

Love them all. Eat plants!

FREE YOUR MIND.  FREE THE ANIMALS…

Think about the animals.

Think about the animals. Don’t eat them!

“Put life into living and do it with enthusiasm!”

I love that quote and I love Vinnie’s podcast.  But, I have a little more to add.

Yes- put living into your own life.  But- also allow others to live their own lives.

To the fellow listeners and fans of the Angriest Trainer podcast:

Don’t be a “carnivorous vegan,” be an actual vegan.  You can do NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) VEGAN style!

Adopt the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle…and do it with enthusiasm!

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

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